Written by: Meraleigh Queener
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Summer of Scrubs
Summer is the perfect time to try new things and to boost your beatitude and personal care routine with their designated artifacts. Whether we battle with aggressive hormones or not, we still break out from adult acne and we still sweat, ESPECIALLY in the summer. And products packed with chemicals, artificial ingredients, and harsh additives certainly don’t help us manage our pleasantly demented, indecisive skin. When the going gets tough, sometimes our simple daily cleanser just isn’t enough to fight our breakouts when dirt, sweat, and oil slide in so smoothly into your dm’s. Ugh. Like who invited you here? Say hello to the summer of scrubs! The beautiful thing about do-it-yourself scrubs is that you have complete control over what goes into your batch. You won’t even have to think about Regina George and her synthetic side chicks. The beauty in beauty care is freedom. The alternative to our skincare fix is spas which offer superior hydrating skin treatments, smoothing exfoliating scrubs for dry, dehydrated skin. But hello…? Time and money, where you at?! That brings me to my next perk which will be the possibilities in our freedom. Everyone has different skin types, sensitivities, preferences, and budgets for their skincare and that allows us to include scrubs for a variety of predilections. Not to mention the much more attractive price tag that comes with this little project.
Oh, what was that? Coffee first? You read my mind! I’ll take some!
Oh! While you’re at it, you might want to bring the entire pot with you if you don’t mind.
We may be needing it...
Benefits of Coffee (Scrub)
As you coffee lovers already know, a cup a day keeps the grumpy away! A cup of coffee in your daily routine is not only enjoyable but can be blissfully beneficial. The first place people’s minds nest to is the caffeine content of coffee when the coffee plant itself aside from the caffeine provides tremendous benefits to your health. According to Hopkins Medicine, a cup of coffee in your day can aid in the prevention of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson's, liver disease, and even colon cancer. So when it comes to a handy-dandy coffee scrub, what’s in it for you? Before we dive into the (coffee) scrub scene, we can be confident and educated in our future coffee creating endeavors by knowing the many benefits that a coffee scrub can provide your sexy skin deriving from the anti-inflammatory agents and the anti-oxidant properties that help soothe irritation and generate new skin cells (ScoopWhoop):
Improves blood circulation
Provides youthful, radiant skin
Removes dead skin cells
Improves takin texture
Reduces the appearance of cellulite
One important factor to note is that sugar-based scrubs are more ideal for the face as they tend to be more gentle and friendly to the skin. Salt is ideal for body scrubs.
Two 5-Star Coffee Scrub Recipes (Coconut Oil Based):
Coconut Mama's Coconut Oil Based Coffee Scrub: Supermom and coffee fanatic, Tiffany, known as Coconut Mama, creates a clean scrub that is environmentally friendly, user friendly, and all-natural. She is passionate about natural foods and a true believer in the health benefits of coconut oil. In her homemade antioxidant coffee body/face scrub, she uses fresh ground coffee and organic cane sugar. Fresh ground coffee contains antioxidants and ground cinnamon is added for its warming effects on the skin. It exfoliates the skin, helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, and moisturizes the skin with coconut oil. And only takes a total of seven minutes to prep and finish! Watch her video tutorial on her page!
Coconut Mama's Coffee Scrub Recipe
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 7 mins
Servings: 2 cups
1 cup ground organic coffee
1 cup organic sugar or salt (sugar for face, salt for body)
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon (optional)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)
Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool but not solidify.
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container or mason jar.
Use 1-2 times a week (or every day if you like).
*Recipe TIP: For the face, use fractionated coconut oil or another non-comedogenic oil to avoid clogged pores.
Beauty Crafter's Coconut Oil-Based Facial Scrub (+ Brown Sugar!): The second highest-rated facial coffee scrub is also oil-based and was created by an elite Cafe Media & Home / DIY Publisher of Beauty Crafter.com using all-natural - health beneficial ingredients. With deep knowledge of essential oils and specialty beauty and skincare crafting, you’ll be glowing after this recipe in literally 2 minutes!
Face Scrub Ingredients:
¼ cup coffee grounds (fresh is best)
¼ cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
1 teaspoon rosehip oil or Argan oil
Body Scrub Ingredients:
½ cup ground coffee fresh ground coffee beans is best
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup sea salt or white sugar
Soften the coconut oil by warming if it is not in a liquid state.
Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
Massage gently into skins and rinse with warm water.
*Bonus recipe for brownie points because I choose to #BEEEXTXRA
BONUS RECIPE (ALL OR NOTHING): This last bonus recipe was a huge hit in the natural beauty & DIY world. Imagine all of the benefits we discussed already in coffee scrubs - AND MORE. This fancy recipe was provided by Crystal Owens from A Pumpkin and a Princess; an elite cafe media & family publisher seen on Women’s Day Magazine, Country Living, and more! This easy DIY recipe is very similar to the other we discussed above but it is a little more complex adding orange essential oil, almond oil, and vitamin E for natural added moisture!
Servings: 1 1/2 cups
1 cup ground coffee
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4-1/2 almond oil
1/4 tsp vitamin e oil
10 drops orange essential oil optional
Combine ingredients in a small bowl.
To use wet skin and use a small scoop to apply scrub to the skin.
Gently rub coffee scrub in circles to help remove dry skin.
Clean as much as you can with a paper towel then remove the rest in the shower or kitchen sink.
Store in an airtight container.
Begin by using 1/4 cup almond oil and increase until you reach your preferred texture.1/2 cup almond oil will make a thinner, more oily scrub. The scrub pictured was made with 1/4 cup almond oil. Best if used within 2-4 weeks.
Give it a go! Try these sweet and simple coffee facial and body scrub recipes and tell us about your experience!